The Charity Commission today (Monday 9 January) welcomed the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, as guest speaker to deliver the keynote speech and her first major speech of the new year, at its annual public meeting.
The public meeting was a major opportunity for attendees to hear the Prime Minister reveal her vision for social reform. Charity trustees, executives and advisers in attendance also heard the chairman, CEO and directors report on the Commission’s work over the last year along with its ambitions for the coming year.
The regulator also launched a revised statement of regulatory approach which placed further emphasis on enabling trustees to govern their charities effectively.
Within it the Commission says it will continue to improve the accessibility and reach of its information and services.
It says: “We will embrace digital communication, introduce a digital portal dedicated to each charity, automate services where possible and improve our online content. We will continue to engage with trustees outside digital channels where they are not accessible to trustees.”
Eryl Besse, deputy chairman of the Charity Commission, said: “Over the last year we have continued to transform the way we work to operate in a more effective and efficient manner and made significant updates to the guidance we provide for trustees. This has already borne fruit for the Commission and charities.
“Good governance and strong leadership within charities are imperative in securing public confidence; a vital part of this is enabling trustees to undertake their roles effectively. Today we have published an updated statement of regulatory approach, to place further emphasis on our enablement work and the support we provide for trustees.”
The Commission’s new statement of regulatory approach can be found on GOV.UK.
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